COVID Relief Bill Would Provide Limited Direct Funding for Construction
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Section: AGC National

The COVID-relief bill(link is external) moving through Congress does not include a federal paid leave mandate. However, it does include an extension of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) refundable tax credits from March 31, 2021 through September 30, 2021 for those employers that follow those expired mandates. Additional information and guidance on FFCRA and the tax credits can be found on the Department of Labor website(link is external) and Internal Revenue Service website(link is external). However, the tax credits included in the COVID-relief bill would also increase the amount of wages for which an employer may claim the paid family credit in a year from $10,000 to $12,000 per employee while also expanding the reasons for leave. Employers with over 500 employees would still be ineligible for tax credits. The broader COVID-relief bill is under restrictive and specific procedural rules that prohibit legislators from resurrecting and enhancing the FFCRA paid leave mandates. The legislation could become law as early as March. AGC fully expects future legislative attempts to impose federal paid leave mandates on employers.